Q&A: Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certification

  • Open Which GFSI standard/scheme should I pick to certify to?

    Several standards fall under the GFSI scope, which can be confusing when you need to select just one. Some standards are geared toward particular industry sectors (GLOBALG.A.P. for agriculture, BAP for seafood), but outside of that, it is up to individual companies to select which is right for them. As your chosen certifier, NSF can walk you through the various standards and provide insight and guidance on which would be most appropriate for your company.

  • Open How can NSF help me prepare for GFSI certification?

    NSF has the expertise and experience to assist your facility at every step in preparing for and maintaining certification to GFSI benchmarked standards including training, technical advice, pre-assessment audits, GFSI audits/certification and re-assessment audits.

  • Open How long does it take to prepare for GFSI certification?

    Preparing for GFSI certification is different for every facility based on the current development of the facility, quality of recordkeeping and the resources your company may have to prepare for GFSI certification.  It generally takes an average of six to nine months to prepare for GFSI certification. Please contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org to discuss the process and determine your estimated timeline to certification.

  • Open How far in advance should I schedule my NSF GFSI certification audit?

    NSF is the largest GFSI certification body in the world, certifying to nearly all categories within the GFSI standards. We recommend that you schedule your audits as far as six to nine months in advance to assure the date(s) you desire. Many factors determine availability including the category, time of year, standard, etc. Contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org to discuss our availability for your category and desired standard.

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